PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers are back in action just five days after their 4-3 victory over George Washington. Penn (4-0) will look to continue its winning ways as it hosts visiting Fordham on Wednesday at 4.pm. at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.
Last Friday, the Red and Blue found itself in a tight, fairly-matched battle with the Colonials. The doubles point was highly contested, coming down to No. 1 doubles. After a back-and-forth set, senior Hicham Laalej and sophomore Mark Milbrandt cruised through the tiebreak, 7-1, winning 9-8 overall and giving Penn the crucial doubles point.
The Quakers carried this momentum with them into the singles matches. Laalej was on a roll, taking down Ugar Atalay, 6-3, 6-0, after just having defeated him and his partner in doubles. Penn was up 3-1 in the team score after junior Phil Law won at No. 3, 6-3, 6-3. This time, it was freshman Ivan Turudic who clinched the victory for the Red and Blue in come from behind fashion at No. 2 singles, winning 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Fordham has yet to record a win this season. The Rams played five dual matches in the fall, and are 0-2 so far in dual matches this spring. Their first match was against Penn's fellow Ivy Conference foe, Cornell, in which the Big Red swept the Rams 7-0. In Fordham's last match against Quinnipiac on Sunday, the team also lost by the same 7-0 score. Despite being held without a team point, the Rams tested their Quinnipiac opponents as four of the matches included tiebreakers.
This will be the first time that Penn and Fordham will face each other since head coach Nik DeVore took over as head coach of the men's tennis team.